Big Bear’s Organic Approach To Beekeeping
I take the scientific approach to Organic beekeeping. Meaning, that I seek to imitate, emulate or mimic what successful feral colonies do to not only survive but to thrive.
Bee swarms will often move into abandoned nests from previous colonies inside various structures such as walls, in soffits, trees and other places easily accessible to honey bees. Having established comb helps bees to store forage resources sooner and in more abundance as well as allow the queen to begin laying eggs as soon as she is able to. Foundation can often serve the very same purpose. It allows the bees to use less of their new incoming resources to build the nest combs. This reduces environmental stressors and increases efficiency for smaller colonies. Foundation being used with new colonies can be used as a guide if alternated or "checker-boarded" with foundation-less frames. Bees often start off in a new structure with a central or key comb that is used as a guide to draw other comb next to it. I actually prefer to use plastic foundation over wax foundation as it provides a non-contaminant base to build on vs already contaminated beeswax foundation that is able to be purchased. Plastic foundation starts clean and allows bees to build new, clean wax over it. Plastic foundation can be cycled out , cleaned and re-used again still cleaner than purchased beeswax foundation.